Research for the Environment

Polate – Potential analysis for the influence of land use systems and their biogeochemical circulations in order to achieve the reduction of greenhouse gas


Agricultural production and land use change is globally responsible for 20-30% of the greenhouse gases emission (GHG). This makes essentially a contribution to the global warming. In this one year lasting BMBF-funded network research project, we review the recent state of knowledge on the relationship between land use management and greenhouse gas emissions. Out of this, we developed research recommendations. By the means of syndromes, we assembled knowledge deficits for the effect of land use change on the GHG-emissions and a sustainable land use forming.

For a clear structuring, the research deficits have been divided into three thematic focuses (core topics): soil and vegetation, land use systems and governance as well as integrative analysis and assessment of the land use. With these topics described in the research recommendation, we can expand the limits of the scientific knowledge and develop technological/methodical innovations. They serve for understanding single processes, process interactions and complex systems which are relevant for the climate protection and are the basis for knowledge-based decisions for land use strategies with multiple targets (GHG-reduction, resource protection, human well-being).


Prof. Ralf Seppelt, Dr. Florian Eppink, Dr. Christoph Fühner


Research recommendations for the complex land use optimisation in the conflict reduction of GHG-emission, resource protection and human well-being


2008-2009, BMBF project FKZ 01LG0801AA


  • Bundesforschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Institut für Ländliche Räume (Dr. Horst Gömann)
  • GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, (Dr. Bernd Uwe Schneider)
  • Institut für Energetik und Umwelt GmbH, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kaltschmitt)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, (Dr. Annette Freibauer)
  • Technische Universität München, Department für Ökologie und Ökosystemmanagement (Dr. Margit von Lützow)


4th CLE Newsletter

CLE-Newsletter 02/2013 (889.8 KB)

(published Nov 26, 2013)



2 years after the conference iEMSs 2012 in Leipzig, the

iEMSs 2014 in San Diego, California
June 15-19 2014

will take place.

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